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To Whom It May Concern,

I want to talk about the character and unwavering friendship of Serena Schermoly. There is a lot to tell and there’s no way to express the love she’s shown me over the years. I’m not only her ex-husband and the father of her two youngest children, but I’m also a very grateful recovering drug addict. Grateful to the Lord for giving me the strength to choose a different way every day for the last 5 years and grateful to Him for putting Serena in my life. If she wasn’t in my life, there’s no doubt in my mind I’d be dead.

Drugs led me down a very dark and destructive path. They took me to depths I never thought possible. They turned a good, law abiding family man into someone I wasn’t proud of at all and hardly recognized. I alienated the people that cared about me the most, including my children, and at the end there was nothing left but the grave. Through my own actions I was arrested several times and was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Serena never left me through all this and was always there for me no matter what. It would’ve been the easy thing for her to turn her back, take our children and walk away. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and she knew the value of our children having a present and sober father. She even made it possible for me to talk to my children twice a week during this time. She kept me connected to my children and that gave me hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. It doesn’t stop there.

Upon my release from prison when no one else would help she opened her home to me, provided me a car, worked with the state to facilitate my parole and helped me to get a job in my field. I’ve worked every day since, and have excelled in my profession thanks to Serena. Later she facilitated a parole transfer for me to join the family here in Kansas, and to make a fresh start and be an involved and visible father to our children. You see, I would’ve been just another parolee in a halfway house somewhere, hopeless and missing my children. There’s no telling where my life might’ve gone. Even at my lowest she was there.  Without her love and support I can’t say exactly where I’d be.

Sometimes in life all someone needs is that one person to not walk away, not wash their hands, not give up. They need someone to stand in the gap, make the difference and not write you off as a lost cause. Serena has done that for me against her family’s and friend’s advice and her own husband’s wishes. Not because she had to but because she knew it was the right thing to do and the best thing for our children.  She has set an example of the way we’re supposed to love each other.

I know some terrible things are being said right now as she runs for public office, and I wanted people to know where her heart is. It’s with her family, friends and anyone else that needs help and encouragement.

There’s more to people than what meets the eye. I wrote this letter in hopes that it would help people see Serena for the loving, caring and compassionate person she is or in hopes that it inspires someone to stand in the gap for someone suffering from addiction and to be the person that makes the difference like Serena did for me.

Thank you, Serena.

Adam Howard

Welcome Fellow Prairie Village Residents,

I'm Serena Schermoly, 47 —Ward 2 Council Member and candidate to be your next Mayor.

Prairie Village is my home, and it is home to some of the greatest people, places, businesses, events, and traditions I’ve ever known. I’m sure you agree.

Resident of Prairie Village, daughter, wife, mother of three daughters, 12, 14 and 26, grandmother of two grandsons, business owner, Safety Director for Trucking Companies.  Committed to Safety and Public Service and Making a Difference.

Currently serving as Chairman of the Prairie Village Arts Council, Arts Council Representative, Prairie Village Foundation, Transportation & Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy, Women in Municipal Government - Board Member,  Previously served as Prairie Village Planning Commission Council Liaison, Chairman of the Prairie Village Teen Council, Graduate of the Northeast Johnson County Chamber Leadership program, Vice Chairman of the Statuary/Island Committee, Vice Chairman of the Prairie Village Arts Council, Marketing Director for the Prairie Village Jazz Fest, Chairman of the Safety Council, Kansas Motor Carriers Association.

Getting involved and becoming active in many facets of our community has been a highlight of my life. The energy and ideas I’ve been exposed to while working and leading our city’s premiere arts events inspired me to get more involved in public service. The engaged discussions and passionate deliberations I’ve experienced and participated in since joining City Council in 2016 — with residents, other council members, city staff and other stakeholders — ignited my desire to lead and facilitate the work ahead of us.

This is not about what I can do. This is what WE can do together.

Call me night or day, What’s important is What Matters to You.

Serena Schermoly
Your candidate for Prairie Village Mayor
Councilmember Ward II, Candidate for Mayor
Cell: 913-777-9597
serenaschermoly@gmail.com 
www.serenaschermoly.org
Facebook – Serena Schermoly or Serena Schermoly for Mayor

 

Prairie Village Volunteer Corp
https://youtu.be/vExfAIobcgc


Prairie Village Council Support
https://youtu.be/24rNO4Ew078


My Opponent Quit on you
https://youtu.be/vPifVCZmqWo


My Opponent Quit on you.... Vote Serena Schermoly for Mayor November 6th
https://www.facebook.com/SerenaSchermolyforMayor/videos/995855507282879/


Taxes and the FACTS
https://youtu.be/b7FRBHtDES8


Phase 2 Building Guidelines - Prairie Village, Vote - Serena Schermoly 
https://www.facebook.com/SerenaSchermolyforMayor/videos/274448763174462/


Who is in the Pocket of the Builders?
https://youtu.be/NalcUB3GXFQ

News

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:25 AM

Before divided crowd, PV council advances LGBTQ anti-discrimination policy

Schermoly, who is running for mayor, questioned whether 30 days was enough notice for the business community to provide its input. She also said she had concerns about enforcing the ordinance and that forcing business owners to provide services that violated their religious beliefs could lead to litigation and other costs.

“I support non-discrimination, and I think most of us here want to make sure that happens,” Schermoly said. “But we need to be careful.”


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:57 AM

Prairie Village City Council Member Andrew Wang endorses Serena Schermoly for Mayor

I am proud to announce that Andrew Wang is endorsing our campaign. To have the support of Andrew, the senior member of City Council demonstrates that our campaign is working for the residents of Prairie Village. I appreciate the support of Andrew a man with integrity, loyalty and who has worked so long and so hard for his residents. Andrew understands the issues facing our city and has devoted his time and energy to making the best choices for Prairie Village. I am honored to accept his support and for as Mayor I will bring the same concern for our residents to every issue we face.


Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:07 AM

Prairie Village council balks at proposal for city to take on live-streaming of meetings; will revisit issue in coming months - JAY SENTER

5/16/2017 10:49 AM - Jay Senter

Shortly after being elected to the Prairie Village governing body last spring, Ward 2’s Serena Schermoly took it upon herself to organize the recording and live-streaming of city council meeting on her Facebook page.

Since last fall, as she’s enlisted family and friends help her record and transmit the proceeds from every council meeting, she’s lobbied for the city to take on the responsibility for making video of the meetings available to the public. After a vote last night, it appears Schermoly will have to wait at least a bit longer to hand over the duty to city staff.


Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:24 AM

Prairie Village mayoral candidates share views on rising property values, teardown-rebuilds, public financing incentives - LEAH WANKUM

Before a standing-room-only crowd at Colonial Church Wednesday, the three candidates running to succeed Laura Wassmer as Prairie Village mayor shared their views on pressing issues including the teardown-rebuild trend, sharply rising home values, and the use of public financing incentives for redevelopment at the Shawnee Mission Post’s candidate forum.

You can see full video of the event here.

Candidate Serena Schermoly joined Prairie Village in April 2016 as a Ward 2 councilmember.


Sunday, July 8, 2018 12:00 PM

Neighborhood Design Public Open House - CITY HALL - July 9, July 11, July 17

The City of Prairie Village is in the process of considering updates to our zoning regulations, particularly as it relates to the design of single-family residential properties. A committee of local design professionals and city staff have been working together for several months to draft new regulations that would govern the design of single-family residential homes. This effort began at the direction of the City Council with the goal of protecting neighborhood character while balancing the changing demographics and needs of the Prairie Village community.

The proposed changes to the zoning regulations can be found at the link below. The changes include added requirements for greenspace, street trees, and the size of buildings and garages. These proposed changes are in addition to the changes that were adopted by the City Council in 2016, which decreased maximum building heights and increased side setback requirements.

The City will be holding open houses on July 9, July 11, July 17 to provide additional information and gather feedback from our residents. These open houses will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Prairie Village City Hall, located at 7700 Mission Road. Residents may come and go as needed.

Can’t make it to any of the open houses?

We still want your input! Please take a minute to complete our survey regarding the proposed changes at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVneighborhoods.

The City values the opinions of our residents, and public input is certainly encouraged to help shape the future of our City. If you have any questions about the proposed guidelines or the public open houses, please contact Jamie Robichaud, Assistant City Administrator, at jrobichaud@pvkansas.comor (913) 385-4601.

View the proposed guidelines (PDF)
Take our survey


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